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After social media backlash, Derby tree lighting is again on

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DERBY — It’s not fairly a Christmas miracle, however Derby residents will get to get pleasure from a conventional tree-lighting ceremony on the inexperienced in spite of everything this 12 months.

The reversal got here after the cancellation was met with unfavourable reactions from residents on social media, together with feedback that Dziekan had canceled Christmas.

“I don’t need individuals considering I’m canceling Christmas. I’m not, I simply wish to maintain individuals secure,” Dziekan mentioned.

However there may be one downside with the rescheduled ceremony — the tree is already lit and has been since Nov. 26. Dziekan mentioned the town has a easy resolution for that. The tree’s lights will basically be rebooted.

“We’ll shut it down Friday and we’ll do it formally on Friday night time,” he mentioned.

Dziekan mentioned he modified his thoughts on holding the outside ceremony after seeing different cities going forward with their occasions. He mentioned there was a option to safely have fun in spite of everything.

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